February, 2011

The Happiest Day of a Dying Marine's Life

Dumb Little Man

A few weeks ago, while packing up after a speaking program for a high school’s support staff, I had the privilege of chatting with one of the custodians. His name was Frank. Frank shared with me a story from his childhood, starring his father, a career Marine.

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The Solopreneur Life Heroes for 2011

The Solopreneur Life

I am happy to present The Solopreneur Life Heroes for 2011. The purpose of Heroes is threefold: • To recognize the efforts that these people have made in helping solopreneurs flourish. • To expose you, the solopreneur, to people and ideas you haven’t heard about before. •

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Giveaway: Like Eco-Office Gals Win Studiopress!

Eco-Office Gals

It’s no secret that I have fallen in favor of the StudioPress Genesis Theme Framework and child themes over the past year and have been working nearly exclusively with the themes.

2011 276

The Epic Journey: How to Make Progress

Eat Your Career

One of my favorite parts of coaching is watching the progress that takes place. Sometimes it’s so minute, an average observer might miss it. Other times, it’s so unbelievably big, both the client and I have to step back and simply bask in its glory. Progress can sometimes be hard to define.

2011 235

AZVAs the Podcast: Transitioning from employment to self-employment

Loosely Speaking

Season 2/Episode 11 Program Notes. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “AZVAs the Podcast&# link to listen to the episode now. iPod users can find the episode in the podcast directory at the iTunes Store. Here’s that link !

2011 213

10 Reasons to Work for a Non-Profit Organization

Ian's Messy Desk

If you’ve been reading posts at Ian’s Messy Desk for any length of time —or if you’ve read my About page— you will know I work for a non-profit organization. In a few weeks, I will be celebrating 15 years in this position. I do mean celebrating.

2011 210

How to Delete That Negative Voice in Your Brain

Dumb Little Man

Even the most positive, well-adjusted person in the world still falls victim to his or her own negative thoughts now and again. It’s human nature. It’s The Saboteur. It’s the price we pay for all that amazing human intelligence. But that doesn’t make it right.

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5 Things to Consider Before Transitioning to Green Lighting in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Beginning next year, traditional incandescent light bulbs (that’s right, Thomas Edison’s invention from 1879) will start to disappear from store shelves in an effort to save energy, reduce waste and use more environmentally-friendly products.

2011 244

5 Tips for Planning a Career Change

Eat Your Career

Today’s career experts agree that most people experience a change of career 3 to 7 times throughout their working life. This means a complete transformation—new job, new industry, new employer. It’s a big deal. These are the kinds of changes that cause massive amounts of stress, anxiety and worry.

2011 231

Shell's Energy Scenarios to 2050

Small Business Labs

Shell Oil is famous in forecasting circles for their use of scenario planning in Shell's strategic planning process.    And as a former energy economist (I got better), I still look forward to their annual energy forecasts. 

2011 196

How to Write a Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

Image by churl via Flickr. Writing your speech is a good idea. I don’t mean writing a speech for the sake of writing one, but rather, if you have to give a speech, it is best to write it out. There are few speakers who are able to give a speech off-the-cuff without adequate preparation.

2011 206

Don't Overthink Life! Think Less and Get Happy

Dumb Little Man

Babies have the charisma to melt anybody’s heart instantly; no one escapes the twinkling eyes or the innocent smile. Just their presence will cheer you up, make you forget your worries and tempt you to indulge into their world.

2011 285

My Opinion of Amy Harrison’s “How to Get Your Sales Page DONE!”

The Solopreneur Life

T he bottom line for us as solopreneurs is that we have to get our messages out there, to our potential customers and clients. To paraphrase an old saying: “Nothing happens until the sales page gets written.&#.

2011 196

Business Gone Green: Simple Ways to Go Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

Regardless of whether or not you adopt an eco-friendly attitude in your personal life, you should consider what the impact of your company has on the environment, your community, and the people who live there.

2011 239

How to Work For (or With) a Perfectionist

Eat Your Career

Recently, while leading a workshop on the topic of stress management , one attendee mentioned that her boss was a perfectionist and this was placing an added strain on her daily work experience. As a perfectionist myself , I completely understood the dilemma she was facing.

2011 228

19 Tips for Managing Your Email Even When You Don't Want To.

Productive & Organized

E-mail, it is the form of communication that we love to hate and love to love. For many it is an addiction. Still others get completely overwhelmed with the information drowning their in-boxes on a daily basis

2011 274

Why a Lot of Small Business Don't Need to Use Twitter

Small Business Labs

eMarketer reports that 9% of the adult (18+) US Internet population currently uses Twitter at least once a month.    Their new forecast substantially lowers the Twitter use forecast they made last April.    Key quote from their press release: “Twitter has continued to gain traction but at more moderate levels than we had expected,” Verna said.

2011 189

Hey, got a Second? How to Stop Being an Interruption Magnet

Dumb Little Man

If you feel like interruptions are constantly holding you back at work then it may be time to admit you have a problem. You're an interruption magnet. Yes, distractions aren't always your fault.

2011 285

Solopreneurs, Who’s Your Mentor? Who’s Your Coach?

The Solopreneur Life

T his was written by Jen Waak, who pens a monthly health column for The Solopreneur Life. Jen Waak. As a solopreneur, you have a wide range of resources to help you succeed in your business.

Environmentally Friendly Gadgets in the Workplace

Eco-Office Gals

Why not support the gadget craze while doing something good for the environment? You can find endless gadgets online that are environmentally friendly that also do their part to help save on energy! Envirogadget is a great online source for all of your nerdy, green gadget needs.

2011 215

Why You’ll Never Be Satisfied

Eat Your Career

I meet a lot of people who are unhappy in their career. With job satisfaction at a 22-year low according to CNN , it’s not surprising. Once these people find out what I do for a living, they’re quick to share the details of their situation. Now, I love talking about this stuff so no complaints here.

2011 206

12 Business Productivity Tools They Can Not Live Without.

Productive & Organized

The most successful business owners and professionals effectively use tools to manage their time, space and information. I asked some of my colleagues and readers to share their favorites. Today you will learn about 12 business

2011 263

The Future of Accounting = The Future of Work

Small Business Labs

Over the past year Emergent Research, in collaboration with Intuit's Accounting Professionals Division , has been conducting a deep dive on the future of the accounting profession.   This work is summarized in the just released Intuit 2020 Report - The Future of the Accounting Profession.    It may be hard to believe, but this is one of the most interesting research and forecasting projects we've worked on.    The reason?

2011 185

How To Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

Dumb Little Man

Let's be honest, work for the most part, sucks. Even if you are part of the 20% of Americans who actually truly enjoy what they are doing, chances are likely that you would rather be doing something else.

2011 285

Document Management System

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Options for managing document filing and retrieval. By establishing a consistent system for filing and tracking documents, you will impose a sense of order on your records. This will save you time and ensure that the records you need will be at your fingertips.

The Solopreneur Life’s “Friday Bits” Column #40

The Solopreneur Life

I t’s the end of the week, and just like almost every Friday at The Solopreneur Life, I have a menu of information for you. This week’s “Bits&# is being delivered late, because I had major Web site problems early in the week that brought down TheSolopreneurLife.com for about 72 hours.

2011 179

How to Work With Humans

Eat Your Career

A little while back, I wrote an article called How to Work For (or With) a Perfectionist. And it got me thinking…I could probably write a whole series of these. I could substitute perfectionist for almost anything: control freak , micro-manager, procrastinator…the list could be endless.

2011 200

6 Tips to Save You Time and Wasted Effort - Productive & Organized

Productive & Organized

We are really close to wrapping up time management month! February will be over in just a few days. Time is a very precious commodity! Have you found a few new ways to preserve the precious time in your life? Today, 6 of my colleagues

2011 259

How to Destroy Your Productivity by Answering Emails

Simple Productivity Blog

Emails. This is a guest post by Karol K., who writes at NewInternetOrder.com. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. “Day: A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.&# – Ambrose Bierce. Meet Mark.

2011 243

What Frugality REALLY Means: It's Not About Being Cheap

Dumb Little Man

Frugality. It's not exactly an alluring word, is it? Most of us worry that being frugal means living a bleak, depressing life, missing out on "normal" society. The truth is, frugality simply means applying a bit of thought to how you spend your money.

2011 285

How to Improve Communication Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Improving Your Written Messages. The basic purpose of any written communication is to convey a message to the reader. To serve this purpose well, the message must be easily understood and quickly read.

Skills 176

Featured Soloist Nichole Bazemore: “Do You.”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that is published on Tuesdays at The Solopreneur Life. Nichole Bazemore. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Nichole Bazemore, who is based in Atlanta.

2011 178

Book Review: Evil Plans – Having Fun On The Road To World Domination

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to ACTUALLY start doing something they love, doing something that matters.

2011 242

What is Your Done List Telling You? A different take on the to-do.

Productive & Organized

Have you ever considered looking at your "Done List"? Did you even know you had one? You do! We (meaning productivity and time management experts) frequently talk about to-do lists and planning, but you often don't hear us talk about

2011 259

10 Basic Life Skills You Should Have

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve been working with my Brownie troop as they prepare to make the transition into the Junior Girl Scouts, and we are focused on learning specific skills with them.

Skills 242

7 Timeless Tips That Will Supercharge Your Body, Mind, And Soul

Dumb Little Man

Meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and happiness are essential ingredients in our lives. Sometimes getting more of them can seem impossible. We’re plagued by the uncertainty of the future, and we have no idea what our purpose is.

2011 285

4 Rules for Conference Call Etiquette

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Have you ever received an e-mail announcing a conference call and rolled your eyes, dreading the annoyances that are collectively associated with conference calls?